ASCoT Big Summer Nationals preview

O'Reilly ASCoT National Series Set for Big Summer Nationals Weekend TULSA, Okla. (June 19, 2006) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series has a rare opportunity to complete three feature events over the course of just two ...

O'Reilly ASCoT National Series Set for Big Summer Nationals Weekend

TULSA, Okla. (June 19, 2006) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series has a rare opportunity to complete three feature events over the course of just two nights this coming weekend with a Summer Nationals double in Oklahoma and Texas.

Friday night, the stars of the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour take to Oklahoma City's 3/8-mile State Fair Speedway dirt oval for the Summer Nationals.

Then on Saturday night, it's off to the famed 0x00bd-mile Devil's Bowl Speedway clay oval in Mesquite, TX, for a pair of feature events.JThe evening will kick off with the "B" and "A" Main events postponed from the rain-interrupted March 17 Spring Nationals card. Those feature events will be immediately followed by the Devil's Bowl Summer Nationals, including a full card of O'Reilly ASCoT heats and feature events.

Rookie of the Year contender Nick Smith of Broken Arrow, OK, has bigger things in mind, leading the way in the $50,000 championship points chase entering the weekend. Smith has finished among the top ten in nine of ten feature events completed this season, posting a pair of wins along the way including a May 27 victory in the series most recent outing at Virginia Motor Speedway.

Smith enters the weekend with a slim 27-point lead over two-time and defending series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX. While Wright has now started a series record 103 consecutive feature events, he has been uncharacteristically shut out of National Tour victory lane thus far in 2006.

Ranked third entering the weekend is yet another Rookie contender, Jesse Hockett of Warsaw, MO. Hockett. Hockett scored an O'Reilly ASCoT win at Baton Rouge Raceway in March. After taking in a pair of ASCS Midwest vs. Northern Plains events last week, Hockett scored a California feature win on Saturday night.

Forney, TX, racer Travis Rilat, the 2003 ASCS National champion, enters the weekend ranked fourth in points, while the "Ragin Cajun" Jason Johnson of Eunice, LA, has climbed to fifth in points despite missing the series' season opener at Florida's East Bay Raceway Park. In addition to an O'Reilly ASCoT sweep of Oklahoma City's Spring Nationals in March, Johnson has since amasses a half dozen ASCS Regional wins to run his '06 ASCS win total to eight, a series' best.

The balance of the current top ten in National points includes Jan Howard (Byhalia, MS), Houston Raceway Park winner and ASCS Sooner Region point leader Sean McClelland (Collinsville, OK), 2005 ASCS National Tour points runner-up Darren Stewart (Bixby, OK), three-time '06 ASCS Sooner Region feature winner Sam Hafertepe, Jr., (Sunnyvale, TX) and 14-year-old Trey Robb (Newcastle, OK).

Other top shoes expected for the weekend include two-time Sprints on Dirt champion Dustin Daggett (Portland, MI), who charged from 17th to top the ASCS Sprints on Dirt feature at Merritt Speedway this past weekend, 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell (Talala, OK), 2005 ASCS National Tour Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS), Abe Sherwood (Tulsa, OK) and Mike Chadd (Lincoln, NE) among others.

Friday's action at Oklahoma City' s State Fair Speedway gets under way at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday's card at Devil's Bowl Speedway firing off at 8:00 p.m.

State Fair Speedway is located at Oklahoma City's Oklahoma State Fair Grounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue. For more information, contact the track at 405-948-6796.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located six miles east of Dallas' Loop I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. For more information, contact the track at 972-222-2421.

In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 180 nights of racing at nearly 100 tracks throughout 27 different states and Canada in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Patriot Sprint Group, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt).

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series and the ASCS Patriot Sprint Group is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland